In India, these days innocent young Muslim boys are picked up on mere ground of suspicion of their involvement in terrorism. First they ‘hijack’ them unlawfully and afterwards try to collect evidences against the ‘suspects’. So far, Indian courts have acquitted many accused and questioned the agencies for not providing credible proofs and evidences for detention in police custody.
The release of two Kashmiri students studying in a prominent Muslim seminary in Azamgarh took seven days after they were picked up, has exposed the highhandedness and illegal tactics being used by our anti-terrorism agencies to implicate innocents. The boys were released because lots of pressure built up by media, human rights activists and civil society. The members of the civil society have judiciously demanded action against guilty officers to contain such illegal detentions.
An eminent civil rights activist Manisha Sethi, who had played an exemplary role in the release of the Kashmiri boys, commented, ‘If this has become a pattern, first pick, keep in illegal custody, torture them and get confessions for crimes they have not committed and it will go on since no accountability of law enforcers.’ She further asked the guilty officers should be identified and punished by court because they have violated laws and SC guidelines.”
I’m afraid whether India’s oldest and most credible Congress party that remained so far at centre-stage with mammoth Muslim supports has finally decided to withdraw from political spectrum of India?